Government ‘to ban’ placing children in unregulated homes – BBC News

‘The government is set to ban the placement of children in care under the age of 16 in unregulated homes in England, following a BBC investigation.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2020

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Regulator Ofcom to have more powers over UK social media – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2020 in internet, news, ombudsmen, regulations, standards, suicide, young persons by sally

‘New powers will be given to the watchdog Ofcom to force social media firms to act over harmful content.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2020

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Government to set up new regulator for oversight of high-risk buildings – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Government has unveiled plans for a new regulator to oversee the design, construction and occupation of high-risk buildings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, January 2020

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Electrical safety checks – soon with added regulation – Nearly Legal

Posted January 14th, 2020 in electricity, health & safety, landlord & tenant, news, regulations by sally

‘The draft of The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 has been laid in Parliament. The regs require a resolution of each house, so this will not be an immediate approval, but should be soon – it looks like the intention is for the Regs to be in force from 1 April 2020.’

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Nearly Legal, 13th January 2020

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UK immigration rules are unworkable, says Law Commission – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2020 in immigration, Law Commission, legislative drafting, news, regulations by sally

‘Immigration rules are “overly complex and unworkable” according to the Law Commission, which recommends simplifying them in order to save the government £70m over the next decade.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2020

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Faculty Jurisdiction – further amendments, April 2020 – Law & Religion UK

Posted December 12th, 2019 in amendments, ecclesiastical law, faculties, news, regulations by tracey

‘On 1 April 2020, The Faculty Jurisdiction (Amendment) Rules 2019 come into force; these make a number of important changes to the earlier Rules, including: the substitution of a new Part 4 dealing with consultation and advice; revision and expansion of Lists A and B; extension of the Archdeacon’s jurisdiction for temporary minor re-ordering; and various other amendments to improve the operation of the Rules.’

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Law & Religion UK, 12th December 2019

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The Police Integrity Reforms – Latest Developments in the Draft 2019 Conduct Regulations – No. 5 Chambers

Posted December 4th, 2019 in news, police, professional conduct, regulations by sally

‘Once again, the Home Office has been busy. Having brought in a comprehensive package of regulations, most notably in 2008 and 2012, it now proposes to make further sweeping changes to the way that misconduct and performance procedures are handled. Although the differences in the new regulations will reflect some of the amendments brought into force in 2014, 2015 and 2017, there are also a number of key concepts introduced for the first time.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 4th December 2019

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Deadline for UK drone registration approaches – BBC News

Posted November 29th, 2019 in aircraft, fines, licensing, news, regulations by tracey

‘UK drone pilots must register their details with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) by the end of 29 November or face a fine of £1,000.’

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BBC News, 29th November 2019

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SRA rules open up working or competing with the Bar – Legal Futures

‘The new rules allowing solicitors to work from unregulated businesses open up several opportunities for solicitors – including working with or in competition with barristers, specialists have predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 27th November 2019

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SRA suspends immigration part of new rules – Legal Futures

Posted November 25th, 2019 in immigration, news, regulations, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has had to suspend rules due to come into force today that would allow solicitors to operate from firms regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).’

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Legal Futures, 25th November 2019

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Reach for the STaRs – new solicitors’ rulebook goes live – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) new rulebook – Standards and Regulations (STaRs) – comes into force today, with experts highlighting several areas of significant change and opportunity for firms.’

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Legal Futures, 25th November 2019

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The new SRA Standards and Regulations: Greater freedom for solicitors? – 4 New Square

‘In this article, Helen Evans and Clare Dixon of 4 New Square review whether the new principles, codes of conduct and disciplinary procedure rules wholeheartedly reflect a relaxation of the SRA’s grip, or whether competing forces are apparent. They also consider whether one of the unintended consequence of some of the liberalisation is to introduce a two-tier regulatory system for solicitors practising within regulated entities (such as firms) and those outside that structure. Finally, they reflect on the likely impact of the new rules and relaxed burden of proof on the troublesome issues of dishonesty and lack of integrity- an issue that the Divisional Court was still picking apart as recently as last week in the matter of SRA v Siaw.’

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4 New Square, 21st October 2019

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Introduction to the SRA’s 2019 Standards and Regulations – 4 New Square

Posted October 29th, 2019 in news, regulations, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority, standards by sally

‘On 25 November 2019 the SRA’s new Standards and Regulations will come into force. In many respects the substance of what is expected of the profession will remain much the same, but the new regime will see major changes to the regulations and rules through which those expectations are expressed and will be enforced. Both practising solicitors and those involved in advising them on their regulatory obligations must familiarise themselves with what will change. The aim of this series is to highlight the major changes and give some thoughts on what their implications may be.’

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4 New Square, 14th October 2019

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The new Accounts Rules – what can you do? – 4 New Square

‘On 25 November 2019 the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 will cease to have effect, and will be replaced by new accounts rules. In one quarter-stroke of the draftsman’s pen, 52 rules covering 50 pages of single-spaced typescript on pages of A4 will be replaced by 13 rules on 10 pages. The SRA has trumpeted loudly that the rules have been simplified and that they provide greater flexibility. Have they? Do they?’

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4 New Square, 28th October 2019

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Adam Tucker: A First Critical Look at the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted October 24th, 2019 in bills, brexit, news, regulations by sally

‘In this post, I make a preliminary attempt at assessing the provision made in the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – or WAB – for the scrutiny of the legislative powers which it delegates to the executive. My conclusions are not positive. The scrutiny procedures it seeks to enact are inadequate – so inadequate that it would be a constitutional mistake for Parliament to approve this aspect of the WAB without significant amendment. At the very least (or so I suggest) the Bill ought to be amended to incorporate the so-called “sifting process” developed for equivalent delegated powers under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EUWA). Better still, this should be seen as an opportunity to embrace further incremental improvements on that process.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 24th October 2019

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Government revokes Brexit regulation after judicial review threat – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government has pledged to not use Henry VIII powers to make Brexit legislation after a public law charity threatened legal action.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th October 2019

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Review lays ground for both hybrid and defendant DBAs – Litigation Futures

Posted October 16th, 2019 in costs, damages, fees, news, regulations by sally

‘Changes to the damages-based agreement (DBA) regulations, including opening them up to defendants and allowing hybrid DBAs, have been put forward by an independent review – with the approval of Sir Rupert Jackson.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th October 2019

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Re-opening final decisions of police injury benefit determinations – UK Police Law Blog

‘In R (Boskovic) v Chief Constable of Staffordshire [2019] EWCA Civ 676, the Court of Appeal had to resolve apparently conflicting High Court decisions on two separate questions arising from the application of the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006. This blog post considers the implications for police pension authorities who are asked to agree to re-open a final decision, thereby avoiding the need for an appeal to the Police Medical Appeal Board, or a judicial review claim.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 2nd July 2019

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Gambling addict’s parents launch action to hold government liable for his death – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2019 in compensation, gambling, human rights, inquests, news, regulations, standards, suicide by sally

‘The parents of a gambling addict who took his own life have launched a legal bid to hold the government liable for his death, potentially opening the floodgates to multiple compensation claims citing lax regulation by the state.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2019

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Anti-money laundering supervisor “should practise what it preaches” – Legal Futures

Posted June 14th, 2019 in barristers, consultations, money laundering, news, ombudsmen, regulations by sally

‘The body that oversees legal regulators’ anti-money laundering (AML) efforts needs to show the same level of transparency that it is demanding of them, the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 14th June 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk